Champawat: A Silent Valley

0
Share

Champawat the capital of Chand Dynasty is situated in the hills of Kumaun region of Uttarakhand .The valley is famous for its beauty as well as for its historical background. Champawat is believed to be the place where the Kurmavtar (the turtle incarnation of Lord Vishnu) took place,the peak Kranteshwar in the shape of turtle‚Äôs back . The temple in this peak Kranteshwar is dedicated to lord Shiva.

Golju Mandir is dedicated to the lord of justice Golju (nyay ke devta). Here a field named goril chaur is dedicated to the god .It is also believed that the head of Ghatotkacha (son of Bhima and the Rakshasi Hidimba ) fell in this place after he died in the battle of Mahabharata. The Gahtku is the temple dedicated to Ghatotkacha.

Kali Kumaun is the another name of this city. This place is also famous for the Naulas ( source of underground water). The famous Ek Hatiya Naula ( built by one hand) is also here. A temple dedicated to devi Maa Purnagiri is in the place Tanakpur. Pancheshwar (sangam of five rivers) is also here.

Places To Visit Champawat

The Nagnath temple, Maneshwar temple, the tehsil  fort of the king , the banasur fort, the Mayawati ashram ( the place where Swami Vivekanand lived and meditated), the Abbott Mount (haunted house) and the tea garden are some famous  places that attracts tourists here.

Baleshwar Temple an archaeological site is believed to have been built between the 10th and 12th century AD. The temple has its own historical background also encourages the beauty of this place. According to a local epic titled Gurupaduka, Champavati, the sister of the Nagas, did penance near the Baleshwar temple of Champawat. The temple of Champavati was built in her memory and the city was named Champawat. According to the Vayu Purana, Champavati was the capital of nine kings of Puri Naga Dynasty.

The Man Eater of Kumaun  tigress was shot by the famous hunter Jim Corbett in 1907. The tigress killed in excess of four hundred people in its surrounding area.

The city is surrounded by the beautiful valley which adds the glory to this place. The beautiful Himalayan view fascinates the visitors. The snowfall enrich the beauty of the valley during winters

How to reach Champawat?

How to reach by Air

Naini Saini airport Pithoragarh is the nearest domestic airport at a distance of 75 kilometres from the city. and an another airport is the Pantnagar airport which is 121 kilometer from the city. Taxi services are easily available that connect the airport with Champawat and nearby tourist destinations

How to reach by Train

Tanakpur railway station is the nearest railway station to Champawat. It is at a distance of 75 kilometres from the city. Other nearby Railway station are Haldwani and Pilibhit

How to reach by Road

The Champawat district has well connected network of roads which link it with various other towns and cities of the state of Uttarakhand. Taxis and state owned bus services connect it with several other places such as Pithoragarh, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar. By road, The city is at a distance of 422 kilometres from Delhi and 365 kilometres from Lucknow. Bareilly is 185 kilometres away from the city.

Uttarakhand Tourism

Read Also: How To Travel Badrinath ,